by Lisa Tome
Rising Sun is looking at ways to boost its economy.
So much so that they are willing to dip into their savings to pay for it.
In the $1.7 million dollar fiscal year 2015 budget, which began July 1 and runs through June 30, 2015, town officials have laid out plans for hiring an economic development consultant. The Town plans to use $40,000 in prior fund balance money. "We are going to try to get a consultant for an economic development study. We are going to try to get a grant for that," said town administrator Calvin Bonenberger.
The budget was formerly passed the first day of the new fiscal year on July 1.
The budget includes $761,575 in salaries for the 17 town employees. If overtime is accrued that number increases to $812,838. That number includes seasonal help - a part time maintenance person. It also includes an as yet unhired utility billing clerk and a position of sergeant in the police department.
Town employees received a three percent raise for the new year. Police Chief Chip Peterson is projected to earn $69,777. Town clerk Marsha Spencer projected earnings are $36,420.
Bonenberger has received $19,000 in raises since 2012.
In September 2012, his annual salary was $84,406.40 to work for the 2,781 residents. He also has a take home vehicle which he drives to his home in Pennsylvania. His salary in 2015 is projected at $106,625. The payroll for his bosses, the mayor and commissioners, is budgeted at $3,600 for five people for the year.
It was reported last week that town accountant CPA Patricia Wagner was paid $130,000 annually for the last three years. This year, that number dropped to an estimated $80,000 for the fiscal year.
The town has also budgeted specific expenses for parks and recreation. For the dog park and Veterans Park projects, $24,000 has been budgeted to finish those up. Movies in the Park will cost $1,200 per year. The town has earmarked $1,000 for Spooktacular and Christmas events.
The Community Fire Company of Rising Sun is expected to receive $12,000 from the town. Rising Sun High will get $300. The Town will pay $3,200 for an employee/volunteer appreciation dinner. Dinner meetings for the town board will cost another $1,000.